Alan Aberbach received his BA in History from Rutgers University in 1953, his MA from the University of Miami in 1955 and his Ph.D from the University of Florida in 1962. From 1961 to 1962, Aberbach taught at Long Island University, followed by two years as an assistant professor at Guilford College in North Carolina and joined SFU’s Department of History as a charter faculty member in 1965.
Born in Yorkshire in 1910, Phyllis Auty received her B.A. and B.Litt. from the University of Oxford in 1935. She was later awarded her MA from Oxford in 1938. Before joining SFU’s History department in 1974, Auty had worked at both University of London, Oxford University and spent time working for the BBC, in intelligence for the Foreign Office and the War Office over the course of the Second World War.
Born in the state of New York in the 1930s, Jack Bumsted received his BA with Honours from Tufts College in 1959. He then pursued postgraduate studies at Brown University in 1965. Bumsted began his academic career while he was completing his Ph.D. He was an assistant instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1961-1963, a Research Assistant assigned to the Isaac Bachus Papers at Brown University from 1962 to 1963, and an instructor at Tufts University from 1963 to 1965. Bumsted began teaching American and Canadian history at Simon Fraser University as an assistant professor in 1965.
Allan Cunningham was awarded his BA in History from Durham University in England, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1955. In 1950 he began teaching in the Department of History at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He then returned to England to teach at Royal Halloway College in London in 1955. Six years later, he was made a senior research fellow at St. Anthony’s College at Oxford University. In 1964, Cunningham was hired by SFU president, Patrick McTaggart-Cowen to become the head of SFU’s nascent History department. In addition to his administration of the History department, he also served as the Dean of Arts during SFU’s early years. His brother Frank Cunningham, was a charter faculty member in Geography.
Born in New Zealand, Fisher received his BA in History from the Massey University of the Manawatu in Palmerston North, NZ in 1967 and his MA at the University of Auckland in 1970. He then immigrated to Canada to pursue doctoral studies, and he was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of British Columbia in 1974. Fisher’s academic career started after he earned his BA; he was a tutor in the English department at Palmerston North Teacher’s College in 1967. He then was appointed a junior lecturer in the History department at Massey University of Manawatu in 1970. Fisher began teaching at Simon Fraser University in 1974, when he was appointed Assistant Professor in the History department.
Hugh Johnston received his BA in History from the University of Toronto in 1961 and his MA at the University of Western Ontario. He then pursued doctoral studies at the University of London, and was awarded his PhD in 1970. Before teaching at the university level, Johnston, who held a teaching certificate, taught secondary school in Ontario in the mid-sixties. Johnston joined the Department of History at Simon Fraser University as an instructor in 1968.
Joy Parr received her BA with Honours from McGill University in 1971. She then pursued postgraduate work at Yale University, and she was awarded her MA in 1973 and her Ph.D. in 1977. She took up teaching appointments at Yale and the University of British Columbia before joining the History Department at Queen’s University in Kingston in 1982. She stayed at Queen’s until 1992, when she was appointed to the Nancy and Jack Farley Chair in History at Simon Fraser University.
Veronica Strong-Boag was awarded her BA with Honours in History by the University of Toronto in 1970. She then pursed postgraduate studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, and received her MA in History in 1971. She returned to University of Toronto for her doctoral studies, where she was awarded her PhD in History in 1975. Strong-Boag began her academic career in 1974 when she was appointed Assistant Professor in the History department at Trent University. In 1976 she took up an assistant professorship at Concordia University, a position she held for four years. She joined SFU in 1980, Strong-Boag with a joint-appointment of associate professor in History and Women’s Studies.